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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Cadillac Seville Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Cadillac Seville Overview

The Cadillac Seville began its life in the mid 1970's, surrounded by land-yacht sized luxury cars that once littered the American highways. The Seville was small and nimble and very European; much to the competition's chagrin, it was also an unmitigated success. Today's Seville, like the original, is a powerful, intelligently designed car that can hold its own against any competitor and in some cases, even best them.

Though the Seville is classified as a mid-sized sedan, its wheelbase is only three inches shy of the full-sized DeVille and is actually wider than the DeVille by half an inch. Make no mistake, the Seville STS is a good-sized automobile with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. It is powered by Cadillac's Northstar V8 engine which produces 300-horsepower delivered to the pavement by way of the Seville's front wheels. The enormous torque this engine produces usually goes hand in hand with obvious torque steer, but Cadillac seems to have gotten a handle on the problem as our test vehicle tracked straight and true. In truth, Cadillac has loaded this car with so many electronic systems designed to control stability, road holding and body roll that the list looks more like something from a NASA shopping spree than a Detroit build sheet. To their credit, everything—from the StabiliTrak traction control to the Magneride suspension to the Performance Algorithm Shifting—works invisibly and without complaint.

OK, enough mechanics, let's get to the toys! The Seville has got to be the closest thing to a James Bond car the public can buy. It has an infrared night vision system that allows you to see beyond the range of the HID headlights and an Infotainment system that lets you view your e-mail via the navigation system's LCD screen. There is the XM satellite radio, the OnStar system and an optional cell phone docking station. The seats have air bladders that continually inflate and deflate at different rates, helping to keep your muscles from fatiguing on long drives. For the audiophiles out there, your ears are treated to the sweet sound of a 425-watt 8-speaker Bose sound system. An ultrasonic rear parking assist helps you avoid knocking over fire hydrants and slow-moving dogs; rain-sensing windshield wipers turn themselves on at the first hint of a shower and the tire pressure is constantly monitored via battery-operated sensors in the tire stems. We could go on, but we are running out of space.

Is the Seville luxurious? You bet. Is it powerful and fun to drive? Sure. Is it the luxury car for you? That depends. If you want power, comfort and technology wrapped in a true- blue, built-in-America touring car, then the answer is a resounding yes.

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